Saturday, 29 October 2016

Happy 7th Birthday, Winnie!

Hello everyone!

Our little Winnie bear is 7 years old as of yesterday! If you'd like to read her story, I wrote a post all about it which you can find here. I don't want to dwell on her beginnings on what should be a happy day, but the poor girl wasn't in good shape when we rehomed her in August. It makes me so sad to think of the life she had, for over six long years before we brought her home.

Now, though, she is so loved. She's completed our little family (for now!) and has filled the dachshund-shaped hole I had in my life. She's Archie's big sister and best friend, and despite the hundreds she's cost us, the rugs she's peed on, and the stress she causes me on a daily basis, I'm so, so happy we took her on.

We went on a lovely long dog walk with Archie and my parents' dog Ruby, and then Winnie got to pick out some treats from Pets at Home! Happy birthday, little one, I love you lots.

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

(PS, doggies are wearing their birthday bandanas from my etsy shop, Chloe Suzanne Designs)

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Pumpkin Patch Puppies & Autumn Adventures | Secretts of Milford

Hi all, and happy #woofwoofwednesday! 

We went on a lovely little trip yesterday, and I couldn't wait to share my photos with you. As far as I can remember, I've never been pumpkin picking. It's something I've always wanted to do, and it's been on my Autumn bucket list for several years, but I've just never made time for it. Now that we have the dogs, I was determined to visit a pumpkin patch, and Becky's post (which you can find here) sealed the deal. We posted on twitter asking for recommendations, and the lovely Adventures of Doodles told us that they were visiting Secretts of Milford on Tuesday, and to tag along if we wanted to!

I love the above photo, which shows a little behind-the-scenes look at a dog blogger's photoshoot! Tilly's Mum managed to get a few photos of my two hooligans as well as the photogenic poodles, and I can't wait to see them. Of course, the dogs donned their halloween outfits. and they looked SO cute. Some people actually came up and asked if they could have a photo with them, which baffled my boyfriend, bless him. Along with the gorgeous trio of Colin, Rhapsody and Tilly, our doggies caused quite a stir! The venue was reasonably dog-friendly: we couldn't take them on the tractor or in the café (totally understandable!) but other than that, they were allowed everywhere when kept on-lead. The manager was super helpful, too.

The poodles were so well-trained, they really put my two to shame! I was gobsmacked by how well they posed. I was also so pleased that all the dogs got along; Winnie can be so nervous, and apparently Colin is a bit unsure of daxies, so us parents were super pleased with how they all behaved!

It was such a lovely afternoon. I forgot to take cash so I ended up buying only the teeniest little pumpkin, but it's sitting proudly on our mantelpiece as a little autumn decoration. Taking the dogs on adventures is my absolute favourite, and I'm hoping to make pumpkin picking a yearly tradition. 

Thank you for reading! Have you ever been pumpkin picking?

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

EDIT: I've now seen the photos that Tilly's mum took... oh my goodness, they are amazing! I'm going to have to do a part two for this trip I think.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Fur N' Fabric Collars and Leads

Hello all, hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

Since getting Archie, and then Winnie, I've become obsessed with buying collars and leads. I have an addictive personality and I collect all sorts of stuff, so it doesn't surprise me that I've already gathered an obscene amount of collars!

I discovered Fur N' Fabric via Facebook in August, when they were having a huge 40% off sale. I didn't realise at the time, but they have a loyalty scheme where you can earn free collars, and they have a huge array of fabrics and sizes. I ordered some bits (mainly for Winnie, as we'd only just got her at the time) and realised recently that I'd forgotten to share them with you.

The collars and leads are gorgeous, and the quality is beautiful. They are thick, sturdy and well-made, the sewing is impeccable also. For the price (Archie's tiny size is just £5 and Winnie wears a small, £8) they are an absolute steal. When you consider the fact that I got 40% off as well... bargain of the century!

I estimated the sizes I would need, and they fit perfectly. The tiny size is, you guessed it, absolutely teeny, and it's hard to believe Archie's little neck is that small! I'm totally addicted to this small business now, and have already got a list of things ready for my next order... be sure to go and check them out!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Flowers and Collars and Bows, Oh My! | The January Rose Review

Hello everyone!

Our internet is reliably working again, and I've settled into my new job, so blog posts should be far more frequent now! We're well and truly enjoying the changing of the seasons in the Murray-Prendergast household, but today I'm rewinding back to the end of August with a little share and review of one of my favourite etsy shops, The January Rose

Louise makes beautiful collars, bows, keyrings and ID tags, and my etsy basket is full to the brim of bits that I want. We got Winnie in August, and of course, I was desperate to get her some pretty accessories! I chose this beautiful Liberty floral print, and Louise handmade a bespoke collar to fit Winnie perfectly. 

It's absolutely stunning, the quality and stitching is excellent. The parcel was due to arrive on my birthday, and Louise was so generous; she included the coordinating bracelet, so Winnie and I could match! The little details are so gorgeous. I adore the "made with love" heart on the collar, and the little heart on the bracelet. I'm totally addicted now and definitely need more bows... I've got my eye on the grey herringbone one for little Archie pup. 

Please do consider checking out Louise's shop, I know for certain you'll find something that will take your fancy!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie

Monday, 3 October 2016

Cuffleberry & Co. Dog Food Hamper! | Review

Hello all!

Just a quick little review for you today. Firstly, I'd like to apologise for the huge hiatus in posts; there was a storm here a few weeks ago, and it totally wiped out a major broadband line in our area. We, infuriatingly, have been left without wifi since then and BT are being totally unhelpful. We're hoping it will be fixed this week, but in case you've been wondering where we are... now you know!

Last month, the dogs were sent a lovely hamper full of Cuffleberry & Co. food to try out, and they absolutely loved it. Here's some info from their website:

We can guess what you’re thinking… Cuffleberry? Who’s he then? What’s that all about? To be honest, we just like the name. The fact that it happens to be a nickname for a particularly loveable, characterful and very special dog we once knew is by the by.
At Cuffleberry & Co, we’re all cat and dog lovers so we recognise and understand that special bond you have with your pets. It was our dream to create the best food we could possibly make…and we’ve done it – helping to make meal times a delight and a pleasure for both of you.
We’ve done it in our rural kitchens in the heart of England with a team of nutritionists and chefs who worked with our suppliers to carefully source and select superior ingredients. We also stirred in layers of succulent flavour and texture to ensure mouth-watering recipes that taste and smell as good as they look.
Not all pet food is made by the people who actually sell it, but Cuffleberry &Co is. With 50 years’ experience across the farming, meat and pet food businesses, we’ve learned a thing or two about what cats and dogs need to thrive. We make great pet food every day. And every time we make it, we take the best possible care of it …personally.
It’s “Deliciousness” in a bowl!

You can tell as soon as you open the food that it's good quality; it doesn't have that awful cat food smell that most wet foods do. 

We were sent the venison, beef and pork options, and the dogs thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Archie is super fussy and even he didn't turn his nose up, he wolfed down all the flavours and that for me makes a winner! As far as I'm aware, their food is grain and soya free, and contains only meat, fruit, vegetables and herbs. Our doggies loved it and I'm sure yours would too!

Chloé, Archie & Winnie